The Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels

Project start date: 1984-01 Project end date: 2007-12
The aim of the Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels is to publish the first critical edition of Walter Scott's fiction. When compared with the manuscript there are usually in excess of 50,000 variants in the first edition of a Scott novel. Most of these are probably in accordance with what Scott wanted and expected, but the manuscripts were misread and misunderstood, and were subject to light bowdlerisation. Scott himself did not read proofs against his manuscript, and thus did not recognise mistakes when they made sense. Without exception, later editions were based on any convenient previous printed version, and so include most of the mistakes of their predecessors while adding their own. There was an accumulation of error, and when Scott came to prepare his own edition (the 'Magnum Opus' of 1829--33) he revised and corrected an earlier printed text unaware that it was already corrupt. The EEWN returns to the manuscripts to recover readings lost though error and misunderstanding and produces what might be called ideal first editions.
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Funding sources: 
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), British Academy, The Bank of Scotland, The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, The PF Charitable Trust, The Robertson Trust, University of Aberdeen, University of Edinburgh, University of Edinburgh Development Trust
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Software tools used: 
  • Microsoft Word
  • Oxford Concordance Program
Source material used:  
The originating documents are the copies of first editions owned by the Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels. The first-edition texts were keyed, and the resultant electronic texts were proof-read three times by readers working independently. The EEWN texts are the first-edition texts but emended in accordance with the procedure and practice of the edition. The editorial matter is developed by the individual editors.
Digital resource created:  
All the first edition texts, the EEWN texts, and the editorial matter, exist as Word documents. These are not publically available although they will be made available in due course.
Access to digital resource:  
Open Access
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Publications:  
Scott, Walter. Guy Mannering. Edited by P. D. Garside. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1999.

Scott, Walter. The Antiquary. Edited by David Hewitt. Edinburgh and New York: Edinburgh and Columbia University Presses, 1995.

Scott, Walter. The Black Dwarf. Edited by P. D. Garside. Edinburgh and New York: Edinburgh and Columbia University Presses, 1993.

Scott, Walter. The Tale of Old Mortality. Edited by D. S. Mack. Edinburgh and New York: Edinburgh and Columbia University Presses, 1993.

Scott, Walter. The Heart of Mid-Lothian. Edited by David Hewitt and Alison Lumsden. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2004.

Scott, Walter. The Bride of Lammermoor. Edited by J. H. Alexander. Edinburgh and New York: Edinburgh and Columbia University Presses, 1995.

Scott, Walter. A Legend of the Wars of Montrose. Edited by J. H. Alexander. Edinburgh and New York: Edinburgh and Columbia University Presses, 1995.

Scott, Walter. Ivanhoe. Edited by Graham Tulloch. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1998.

Scott, Walter. The Monastery. Edited by Penny Fielding. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2000.

Scott, Walter. The Abbot. Edited by Christopher Johnson. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2000.

Scott, Walter. Kenilworth. Edited by J. H. Alexander. Edinburgh and New York: Edinburgh and Columbia University Presses, 1993.

Scott, Walter. The Pirate. Edited by Mark Weinstein and Alison Lumsden. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2002.

Scott, Walter. The Fortunes of Nigel. Edited by Frank Jordan. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2004.

Scott, Walter. Saint Ronan's Well. edited by Mark Weinstein. Edinburgh and New York: Edinburgh and Columbia University Presses, 1995.

Scott, Walter. Redgauntlet. Edited by G. A. M. Wood and David Hewitt. Edinburgh and New York: Edinburgh and Columbia University Presses, 1997.

Scott, Walter. The Chronicles of the Canongate. Edited by Claire Lamont. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2000.

Scott, Walter. The Fair Maid of Perth. Edited by A. D. Hook and Donald Mackenzie. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1999.

Scott, Walter. Quentin Durward. Edited by J. H. Alexander and G. A. M. Wood. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2001.

Scott, Walter. Anne of Geierstein. Edited by J. H. Alexander. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2000.

Institutions affiliated with this project: 

UK HE institutions involved:
University of Aberdeen
University of Edinburgh
Other institutions involved:
National Library of Scotland
New York
Pierpont Morgan Library

Project staff and expertise: 

Principal staff member:Dr Alison Lumsden; Dr J A Alexander; Professor David Hewitt; Professor Peter Garside; Professor Claire Lamont; Mr G A M Wood
Other staff:Postdoctoral researcher(s) / Research assistant(s)
External expertise:from the members of the Advisory Board (particularly Professor Jane Millgate, Professor Andrew Hook, and Professor Douglas Mack) who provide scholarly advice and information, the publishers (Edinburgh University Press) which was responsible for the design of the published books, consultants on Scots law (Professor John Cairns), Scottish Language (Mrs Mairi Robinson), Scottish History (Professor David Stevenson), Shakespeare (Profesor T W Craik), classical literature (Mr Roy Pinkerton), popular literature and song (Ms Caroline Jackson Houlston), Rev. Dr Ian Clark (ecclesiastical history), and many other individuals who have been asked particular questions.


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Author(s) of recordDavid Hewitt
TitleThe Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels
Record created2005-11-07
Record updated2011-01-14 16:35
URL of recordhttp://www.arts-humanities.net/node/2121
Citation of recordDavid Hewitt: The Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels. <http://www.arts-humanities.net/node/2121> created: 2005-11-07, last updated 2011-01-14 16:35
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